June 15, 2017

Let’s mobilize for Bill 148

We’ve managed to force big changes onto the table – let’s mobilize to strengthen them & counter the corporate lobby!

On June 1, the Ontario government tabled a package of legislative reforms that – if adopted – would represent a huge victory for workers.

Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 contains significant steps forward on all aspects of our campaign demands: from fairer wages to paid sick days, from decent hours to respect at work, and from rules that better protect us to the right to unionize. We have worked hard to convince the government to act — and now our work has paid off!

Here are just a few of the highlights from Bill 148 (for a more detailed summary, click here):

  • Raising the adult general minimum wage to $15 within 18 months, in addition to previously won annual indexation to reflect increases in the Consumer Price Index. When implemented, these increases will benefit more than 1.5 million people.
  • Equal pay for equal work between full-time, part-time, casual and temporary workers – including those who work for temporary help agencies.
  • Three (3) hours of pay for on-call employees who aren’t called in and for any employee whose shift is suddenly cancelled. Workers may refuse shifts scheduled with fewer than four (4) days notice.
  • Extension of job-protected, emergency leave to ALL workplaces, protecting an additional 1.7 million workers in smaller workplaces.
  • Two (2) of these 10 days will be PAID, and no doctors’ notes will be required to access any of the paid or unpaid emergency leave days.
  • Easier access to union protection, especially for those in precarious sectors like cleaners, security guards, homecare and community service workers.
  • Three (3) weeks of paid vacation (after five (5) years of service).
  • Increased public investment in enforcement.
  • More workers will be protected by the Employment Standards Act (ESA).
  • And so much more …

But Bill 148 has to pass in the Ontario Legislative Assembly before any of these measures become law. The government has referred the Bill to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Over the summer, the Committee will hold public hearings and consider amendments to the proposed legislation. We need to use the summer to mobilize to strengthen the Bill and counter the Big Business lobby.

Help us counter the Big Business lobby!

While we mobilize to support and strengthen the Bill, representatives of Big Business are trying to kill the Bill or water it down. Here are just a few of the corporate lobbyists working against the $15 and Fairness campaign: The Ontario Chamber of Commerce; temp agency lobbyists like Acsess, Adecco and Randstad; the Retail Council of Canada; Restaurants Canada; Food and Beverage Ontario; the Canadian Franchise Association with “over 600 corporate members representing many of Canada’s best- and lesser-known brands” including McDonald’s, Tim Hortons, and Burger King; the National Association of Canadian Consulting Businesses (NACCB), which represents the interests of IT services firms; and many others.

Decades of evidence shows that higher minimum wages and better working conditions create stronger economies and healthier communities for all of us. Yet we can count on Big Business to ignore the evidence and peddle the discredited narrative that helping workers harms the economy. Representatives of the 1% rarely support improvements in workers’ wages and working conditions because they don’t want to part with their vast profits. Did you know that Canada’s top CEOs earn 193 times the average worker’s salary?

Meanwhile, the corporate lobbyists campaigning against Bill 148 often claim to speak on behalf of small businesses, but we know that large corporations with 500 or more employees are far more likely to use minimum wage labour than small businesses. Fortunately, a growing number of small and modest sized businesses are telling their side of the story — that investing in their workforce makes good business sense. 

$15 & Fairness Summer starts today!

While the representatives of the 1% are few in number, they have more financial resources to influence elected representatives at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. They have more money to spend on advertising and have they much greater access to the mainstream media. 

The rest of us — the 99% who will benefit from improvements in wages and working conditions — represent the majority. But we have to organize and mobilize to make sure that our voices are heard loudly and clearly. Members of Provincial Parliament need to know their re-election depends on the extent to which they are decent work champions at Queen’s Park. 

   
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Help us spread the word!

  • Download and copy this leaflet to distribute in your workplace, community, campus or neighbourhood.
  • Call or write your MPP. To find your MPP, click here. For a list of MPP phone numbers and email addresses, scroll down.
  • Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
  • Contribute an article to your community or union newsletter.
  • Follow our Facebook page for news, supporting evidence and updates.
  • Spread the word on Twitter and Facebook #15andFairness #MakeitFair #ONPoli #WorkFairON #DecentWork
Scroll below for the full list of Members of Provincial Parliament in Ontario:

Hon Laura Albanese
York South–Weston
Phone: 416-243-7984
lalbanese.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Granville Anderson
Durham
Phone: 905-697-1501
ganderson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Teresa J. Armstrong
London–Fanshawe
Phone: 519-668-1104
tarmstrong-co@ndp.on.ca

Ted Arnott
Wellington–Halton Hills
Phone: 519-787-5247
ted.arnottco@pc.ola.org

Robert Bailey
Sarnia–Lambton
Phone: 519-337-0051
bob.baileyco@pc.ola.org

Yvan Baker
Etobicoke Centre
Phone: 416-234-2800
ybaker.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Chris Ballard
Newmarket–Aurora
Phone: 905-750-0019
cballard.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Toby Barrett
Haldimand–Norfolk
Phone: 519-428-0446
toby.barrettco@pc.ola.org

Lorenzo Berardinetti
Scarborough Southwest
Phone: 416-261-9525
lberardinetti.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Gilles Bisson
Timmins–James Bay
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-9878
gbisson@ndp.on.ca

James J. Bradley
St. Catharines
Phone: 905-935-0018
jbradley.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Patrick Brown
Simcoe North
Phone: 705-326-3246 or 705-526-8671

Sarah Campbell
Kenora–Rainy River
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-465-8501
scmpp@ndp.on.ca

Hon Michael Chan
Markham–Unionville
Phone: 905-305-1935
mchan.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Bob Chiarelli
Ottawa West–Nepean
Phone: 613-721-8075
bchiarelli.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Raymond Sung Joon Cho
Scarborough–Rouge River
Phone: 416-297-5040
raymond.choco@pc.ola.org

Steve Clark
Leeds–Grenville
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-4408
steve.clark@pc.ola.org

Lorne Coe
Whitby–Oshawa
Phone: 905-430-1141
lorne.coeco@pc.ola.org

Mike Colle
Eglinton–Lawrence
Phone: 416-781-2395
mcolle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Michael Coteau
Don Valley East
Phone: 416-494-6856
mcoteau.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Grant Crack
Glengarry–Prescott–Russell
gcrack.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-355-9666

Hon Dipika Damerla
Mississauga East–Cooksville
Phone: 905-238-1751
ddamerla.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Bob Delaney
Mississauga–Streetsville
Phone: 905-569-1643
bdelaney.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Steven Del Duca
Vaughan
Phone: 905-893-4428
sdelduca.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Nathalie Des Rosiers
Ottawa–Vanier
Phone: 613-744-4484
NDesRosiers.mpp.CO@liberal.ola.org

Vic Dhillon
Brampton West
Phone: 905-796-8669
vdhillon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Joe Dickson
Ajax–Pickering
Phone: 905-427-2060
jdickson.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Cheri DiNovo
Parkdale–High Park
Phone: 416-763-5630
dinovoc-co@ndp.on.ca

Han Dong
Trinity–Spadina
Phone: 416-603-9664
hdong.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Brad Duguid
Scarborough Centre
Phone: 416-615-2183
bduguid.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Victor Fedeli
Nipissing
Phone: 705-474-8340
vic.fedelico@pc.ola.org

Catherine Fife
Kitchener–Waterloo
Phone: 519-725-3477
cfife-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Kevin Daniel Flynn
Oakville
Phone: 905-827-5141
kflynn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Cindy Forster
Welland
Phone: 905-732-6884
cforster-co@ndp.on.ca

John Fraser
Ottawa South
Phone: 613-736-9573
Jfraser.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jennifer K. French
Oshawa
Phone: 905-723-2411
JFrench-CO@ndp.on.ca

Wayne Gates
Niagara Falls
Phone: 905-357-0681
wgates-co@ndp.on.ca

France Gélinas
Nickel Belt
Phone: 705-969-3621
fgelinas-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Michael Gravelle
Thunder Bay–Superior North
Phone: 807-345-3647
mgravelle.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lisa Gretzky
Windsor West
Phone: 519-977-7191
LGretzky-CO@ndp.on.ca

Ernie Hardeman
Oxford
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-4046
ernie.hardemanco@pc.ola.org

Michael Harris
Kitchener–Conestoga
Phone: 519-954-8679
michael.harris@pc.ola.org

Percy Hatfield
Windsor–Tecumseh
Phone: 519-251-5199
PHatfield-co@ndp.on.ca

Randy Hillier
Lanark–Frontenac–Lennox and Addington
Phone: 613-267-8239
randy.hillierco@pc.ola.org

Ann Hoggarth
Barrie
Phone: 705-726-5538
ahoggarth.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Andrea Horwath
Hamilton Centre
Phone: 905-544-9644
ahorwath-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Eric Hoskins
St. Paul’s
Phone: 416-656-0943
ehoskins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Mitzie Hunter
Scarborough–Guildwood
Phone: 416-281-2787
mhunter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Helena Jaczek
Oak Ridges–Markham
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-531-9551
hjaczek.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Sylvia Jones
Dufferin–Caledon
Phone: 519-941-7751
Phone: 905-951-9382
sylvia.jonesco@pc.ola.org

Sophie Kiwala
Kingston and the Islands
Phone: 613-547-2385
skiwala.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monte Kwinter
York Centre
Phone: 416-630-0080
mkwinter.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Marie-France Lalonde
Ottawa–Orléans
Phone: 613-834-8679
mflalonde.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Jeff Leal
Peterborough
Phone: 705-742-3777
jleal.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Dave Levac
Brant
Phone: 519-759-0361
dlevac.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Tracy MacCharles
Pickering–Scarborough East
Phone: 905-509-0336
tmaccharles.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jack MacLaren
Carleton–Mississippi Mills
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-267-1020
jack.maclarenco@pc.ola.org

Lisa MacLeod
Nepean–Carleton
Phone: 613-823-2116
lisa.macleod@pc.ola.org

Harinder Malhi
Brampton–Springdale
Phone: 905-495-8030
hmalhi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Amrit Mangat
Mississauga–Brampton South
Phone: 905-696-0367
amangat.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Michael Mantha
Algoma–Manitoulin
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-831-1899
mmantha-co@ndp.on.ca

Cristina Martins
Davenport
Phone: 416-535-3158
cmartins.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Gila Martow
Thornhill
Phone: 905-731-8462
gila.martowco@pc.ola.org

Hon Deborah Matthews
London North Centre
Phone: 519-432-7339
dmatthews.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Bill Mauro
Thunder Bay–Atikokan
Phone: 807-623-9237
bmauro.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Jim McDonell
Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry
Phone: 613-933-6513
jim.mcdonellco@pc.ola.org

Hon Kathryn McGarry
Cambridge
Phone: 519-623-5852
kmcgarry.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Eleanor McMahon
Burlington
Phone: 905-639-7924
emcmahon.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Ted McMeekin
Ancaster–Dundas–Flamborough–Westdale
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-566-6614
tmcmeekin.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monte McNaughton
Lambton–Kent–Middlesex
Phone: 519-245-8696
monte.mcnaughtonco@pc.ola.org

Peter Z. Milczyn
Etobicoke–Lakeshore
Phone: 416-259-2249
Pmilczyn.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Norm Miller
Parry Sound–Muskoka
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-267-4826
norm.miller@pc.ola.org

Paul Miller
Hamilton East–Stoney Creek
Phone: 905-545-0114
pmiller-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Reza Moridi
Richmond Hill
rmoridi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org
Phone: 905-884-8080

Julia Munro
York–Simcoe
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-206-1373

Hon Glen R. Murray
Toronto Centre
Phone: 416-972-7683
gmurray.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Indira Naidoo-Harris
Halton
Phone: 905-878-1729
inaidoo-harris.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Yasir Naqvi
Ottawa Centre
Phone: 613-722-6414
ynaqvi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Taras Natyshak
Essex
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3909
tnatyshak-co@ndp.on.ca

Rick Nicholls
Chatham-Kent–Essex
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-3992
rick.nichollsco@pc.ola.org

Sam Oosterhoff
Niagara West–Glanbrook
Phone: 905-563-1755
sam.oosterhoffco@pc.ola.org

Randy Pettapiece
Perth–Wellington
Phone: 519-272-0660
randy.pettapiececo@pc.ola.org

Arthur Potts
Beaches–East York
Phone: 416-690-1032
apotts.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Shafiq Qaadri
Etobicoke North
Phone: 416-745-2859
sqaadri.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lou Rinaldi
Northumberland–Quinte West
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-263-3980
lrinaldi.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Liz Sandals
Guelph
lsandals.mpp@liberal.ola.org
Phone: 519-836-4190
lsandals.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Peggy Sattler
London West
Phone: 519-657-3120
Psattler-co@ndp.on.ca

Laurie Scott
Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-424-2490
laurie.scottco@pc.ola.org

Mario Sergio
York West
Phone: 416-743-7272
msergio.mpp@liberal.ola.org

Jagmeet Singh
Bramalea–Gore–Malton
Phone: 905-799-3939
jsingh-co@ndp.on.ca

Todd Smith
Prince Edward–Hastings
Toll Free Phone: 1-877-536-6248
todd.smithco@pc.ola.org

Hon Charles Sousa
Mississauga South
Phone: 905-274-8228
csousa.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Peter Tabuns
Toronto–Danforth
Phone: 416-461-0223
tabunsp-co@ndp.on.ca

Harinder S. Takhar
Mississauga–Erindale
Phone: 905-897-8815
htakhar.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Monique Taylor
Hamilton Mountain
Phone: 905-388-9734
mtaylor-co@ndp.on.ca

Hon Glenn Thibeault
Sudbury
Phone: 705-675-1914
gthibeault.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Lisa M. Thompson
Huron–Bruce
Toll Free Phone: 1-866-396-3007
lisa.thompsonco@pc.ola.org

John Vanthof
Timiskaming–Cochrane
jvanthof.kl-co@ndp.on.ca
Phone: 705-567-4650

Daiene Vernile
Kitchener Centre
Phone: 519-579-5460
dvernile.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Bill Walker
Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-461-2664
bill.walkerco@pc.ola.org

Jim Wilson
Simcoe–Grey
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-268-7542
jim.wilsonco@pc.ola.org

Soo Wong
Scarborough–Agincourt
Phone: 416-297-6568
swong.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

Hon Kathleen O. Wynne
Don Valley West
Phone: 416-425-6777
kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org

John Yakabuski
Renfrew–Nipissing–Pembroke
Phone: 613-735-6627
john.yakabuskico@pc.ola.org

Jeff Yurek
Elgin–Middlesex–London
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-265-7638
jeff.yurekco@pc.ola.org

Hon David Zimmer
Willowdale
Phone: 416-733-7878
dzimmer.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org